A lot of the people who stay home would vote for Democrats if they bothered to vote at all. This problem goes far deeper than better techniques for getting out the vote. It reflects a massive decay of civil society, a deep disinterest and contempt for government and politics, one that often seems richly earned. This is also the soil in which fascism grows. As political scientists have demonstrated for more than a century, it is "mass society," in which people are disconnected from the "little platoons" beloved of Edmund Burke and the local associations celebrated by Toqueville, where a strongman can suddenly seem the solution to people's inchoate frustrations with their own lives and the irrelevance of politics.
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On Friday morning, reports began to break out that an American airstrike had managed to kill Mohammed Emwazi, known, though he shouldn't be, as Jihadi John.
Is it just me or did Hillary Clinton pull a Lois Griffin at the second Democratic debate? Asked about taking campaign money from Wall Street, she defe...
There are purists who would "cut off their nose to spite their face." They represent the mistaken idea if you can't find the person who agrees with everything you want you take actions possibly electing someone against everything you want.
One great thing about a Sanders presidency is that Americans will be able to trust a person who never had to evolve towards progressive stances on war, foreign policy, Wall Street, and environmental issues like Keystone XL.
Nearly twenty-five years after they rose to power, the ideas of the "New Democrats" don't seem so new. Hence, the phenomenon that HuffPost's Sam Stein describes as "the panic of Democratic centrists."
Hillary and her #WallStreetDemocrats apparently believe that it is okay to continue to have financial institutions that are Too Big To Fail. Her plan is to always have enough complex rules and regulations in place to control their increasingly complex investment schemes.
My belief is that Hillary still is driven by the ideals she had when she was younger, and/but she has embraced the reality that to get things done one has to become bedfellows with the powerful. I am guessing that she would prefer the same kind of America Bernie wants.
The current Republican candidates are being explicitly exclusionary. Donald Trump and Ben Carson are doubling down on anti-immigrant sentiments, stating sweeping and offensive stereotypes of immigrants
Until the summer of 2008, Obama had insisted that he was taking advice from both Wall Streeters and progressives -- from "both Bobs" -- Reich and Rubin. But when he picked his team, it was clear that Wall Street had won. Hillary looks to be playing something of the same game. In 2008, her advice came from the same people who had staffed her husband's administration. Today, she likes to say that she has been in touch with more than 200 economic experts, representing a broad spectrum of views. But assuming she gets the nomination, who will the power players be? And who will she appoint if elected? Progressive leaders and organizations have been thinking in terms of extracting commitments from Clinton on the issues. But even more crucial are the senior appointments: Who she will name to key positions -- and, more importantly, who she will not appoint.
Voters, especially young people, are responding to his call for a real path to heal a nation struggling with massive inequality, a still broken health care system, a racist criminal justice system, and a corrupted and rigged economic and political system. And they recognize the ills are directly linked to decades of a corporate stranglehold over so much of our lives.
In a surprising statement from the White House, President Obama made clear his support for Putin's offer.
After an impressive Democratic Party debate earlier this month, Republicans realized their earlier performances looked worse, by contrast. So they took several steps during their third debate to emulate the Democratic candidates, even if they claimed to despise them.
America continues to struggle with racism. What has the Republican Party done in the last ten years to improve race relations? What will each of you do to improve race relations if you're elected president?